2016-17 Winners

The photo contest challenged 2016-17 semester abroad and international students to connect their learning experiences to a global context and deepen their understanding of global issues.

Judges evaluated each submission based on the visual elements of the photo and how well the caption encapsulated an understanding and learning of other cultures. The contest challenged students to connect their learning experiences to a global context and deepen their understanding of global issues.

Our category winners will receive prizes for their outstanding photos that eloquently encapsulated the category's theme. Their photos will be displayed in the Green Bean beginning April 18th. 
 
Additionally, all photo contest entries are being displayed to the campus community on the Global Forum media wall in the Johnson McKinnon Center for Global Affairs. 

Read the full category descriptions below.

Foundational Differences

Category Winner

Photo of a woman herding sheep in Bolivia

“While I don’t hike across an island to herd sheep every day like my host mom, Benita, I was grateful to experience this part of her life."
Sophia Kauffman ’18, Sociology Major, Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Location: La Isla del Sol, Bolivia

Interconnectedness of Cultures

Category Winner

Man surrounded by handmade Chinese lanterns

“This red rabbit is traditional" Master Cao said. He pulled another handmade lantern. “The rooster is this coming year’s zodiac animal"
Grace Gowen ’18, Sociology Major, Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Location: Nanjing, China 

Oxy Student Experience Abroad

Category Winner

Two women looking over the night landscape of Al Ain

“Late night drive up Jebel Hafeet and jumping barriers allowed for this incredible view of the city of Al Ain."
Hanan Mohamed ’18, Diplomacy and World Affairs Major, Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Location: Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Honorable Mention

Due to an overwhelming amount of beautiful submissions, the judges also want to highlight the following students. Their photographs particularly stand out as exceptional representations of the diversity of study abroad experiences.

Colorful tent at a wedding in India

“A wedding between the Indian Attorney General's son and his longtime girlfriend. The party lasted three days and over 1500 guests attended."
Hazel Hering ‘18, Economics Major, Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Category: Foundational Differences
Location: India

Oxy student Annika Smith standing at the summit of Roy's Peak in New Zealand

"Think of all the places you will ever go to arrive at the person you are today, oneness is achieved by recognizing yourself."
Annika Smith ‘18, Geology Major, Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Category: Oxy Student Experience Abroad
Location: Roy’s Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand

Oxy Student Theresa Edwards with her host mom and two other native Bolivian women

“Here I am with my sweet host mom, María, and two other women who hosted our group on Isla del Sol, in the middle of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia."
Theresa Edwards ‘18, Diplomacy and World Affairs/Spanish Studies Major, Semester Abroad Fall 2016
Category: Oxy Student Experience Abroad
Location Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Category Descriptions

Students were asked to create a photograph that conveys a moment of learning that encapsulates their time abroad.

Foundational Differences 

Photos in this category should demonstrate recognition of the cultural and historical foundation of human differences. Did you see differences in the concepts of beauty, time, or health? What moments exemplified fundamental differences in cultural practices, beliefs, religion, gender roles, notions of pride and shame, or values of collectivist or individualistic society?

Interconnectedness of Cultures

Photos in this category should demonstrate moments of engaging attitudes that reflect an understanding of the interconnectedness of history, ideas, people, and problems. These photos could take the form of you engaging with the local culture or otherwise integrating into the surrounding community. What did you see or do that helped you to develop or deepen a global perspective? Photos submitted to this category should demonstrate what you learned while abroad in relation to understanding history and culture through multiple perspectives.

Oxy Student Experience Abroad

Photos in this category should be of YOU experiencing your host country. This may include photos of students depicted in local sites, landmarks, buildings, or landscapes of the host country. We encourage students to wear their Oxy gear but it is not required. Be creative and show us how you explored your host country!